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anti vandal paint leads to court for put upon senior defending property

Ben, TRURO,
The poor chap is a soft target… the police thought! Quite honestly, he should be able to protect his property, within reason, as he sees fit.

sean connolly, Manchester, United Kingdom,
Typical of this country!! What a superb example our police and judicial system set to younger generations and society in general.!!!

iLikeTurtles, London, United Kingdom,
Absolutely unbelievable! How is it his fault her kids ran paint through the house??? She is their guardian, she is responsible! And why on earth did the police/ CPS send this to court? Questions need to be asked and people need to be fired. We are all paying for this stupidity. Oh, and ‘unemployed single mother of six’ tells us all we need to know about this ghastly woman and her rabid offspring.

Linden Lumb, halifax, United Kingdom,
Typical English justice.go after the easy catch

becky, manchester,
Keep your kids off his property then!

These are just a few of some 1700 comments on the story.
Which btw, seems to be typical of how things are nowadays.

H/T to our LyndonB for waking me up on this bit of insanity.

I saw the story last week. I think it was last week.
Anyway, it got lost among other things as clippings and notes got piled one atop the other. Then I got an email from Lyndon with the link and thought, whoops.
How’d I lose that one.
So my thanks once again.

Take a look at this one bmews.

Pensioner whose life was ‘made hell’ by local children is charged… because his anti-vandal paint ruined yobs’ clothes

· Robert Brown, 76, says children climbed on garden fence and threw stones

· Said ‘an Englishman’s home is still his castle’ and was protecting his home

· But prosecuted for criminal damage as children got vandal paint on clothes

· Hauled to court three times and threatened with a criminal record

· Case that cost £10,000 was dropped on day it was due to go to trial

· The unemployed mother of 6 children defended them saying ‘kids are kids’
By Liz Hull for the Daily Mail

A pensioner who says local children made his life ‘hell’ put anti-vandal paint on his garden fence to stop them climbing on it and throwing stones at his windows.

Robert Brown also reported the youngsters to police and was delighted when officers came round to speak to him.

He assumed it was to take details of his plight – and was shocked to learn he was being prosecuted for criminal damage because the children had got the paint over their clothes.

Their mother alleged that almost £4,000 worth of furniture and carpets had been ruined by the youngsters treading the paint, which does not dry and leaves surfaces slippery, into her house.

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Robert Brown, 76, (pictured) says children made his life ‘hell’ so put anti-vandal paint on his garden fence

Retired security guard Mr Brown, 76, was hauled to court three times and threatened with a criminal record in a nine-month ordeal as he fought the case which cost around £10,000 of taxpayers’ cash.

It was dropped on the day it was due to go to trial last month. Last night Mr Brown, a divorced father of one, criticised the police and Crown Prosecution Service.

‘We are always hearing that the police don’t have enough funds, but how much money has been wasted chasing a prosecution like this?’ he said.

‘I’d had months of harassment, of these children making my life hell, and decided to do something about it. An Englishman’s home is still his castle and I was just protecting the home where I’ve lived for 50 years.’

Mr Brown’s ordeal began last March when he says he caught several children, who live in a council house behind his property in Hindley Green, near Wigan, throwing stones at his windows after using his fence to climb on to the roof of a council outhouse overlooking his back garden.

He bought some anti-vandal, or anti-climb, paint and put it in two-inch wide strips across the top edge of his fence and the outhouse roof, and warned the youngsters not to touch it.

Police visited him after their mother, Judith Ripley-Aitchison, 44, complained that her children had traipsed through her home covered in the paint, causing £3,750 worth of damage.

She denied Mr Brown had warned the youngsters about the paint or that they had climbed on to the roof and fence to get it on their clothes, saying it had ‘dripped on to them’.

Mr Brown was charged with criminal damage and asked to go to Leigh police station to accept a caution, but refused. Instead he fought the case which was thrown out after prosecutors admitted there was ‘no realistic prospect of conviction’.

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